Sacred Spirits: A historical guide to drinking Tequila and Mezcal

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BAJA 101 Destinations Useful Information Activities Directory Maps OCTOBER OUTDOORS DISCOVER: Must Sea Beaches Los Cabos Wildlife: Whale Shark Season All that's Fishy - Monthly Fishing Report SACRED SPIRITS - MEZCAL AND TEQUILA Spanish Lesson CULTURE: Giving Back - La Ramona Giving Back Guide Baja Voices - Jorge Viaña IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Arco Charters OUT & ABOUT: EventFull October What's Happening in our Local Music Scene? Instaworthy Social Cabo COUPONS

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How lucky we are to be in Los Cabos! And even more lucky to be here in October. I like to call it "EventFull October" due to all of the events that are happening this month. Don't miss SIP CABO on October 3rd at SUR Beach House and Bar Esquina for some wonderful music. If you're here for some day-time party, cruise down to OMNIA Los Cabos Day Club on Friday, October 5th for a Destino/ Omnia pool season kick-off party. Check out our EventFull October events calendar on page 36 so you don't miss anything! This issue has a special article that is close to my heart: Sacred Spirits: A Historical Guide to Drinking Mezcal & Tequila. I say "close to my heart" because as a Mexican (and as a Mezcal and Tequila consumer) I'm proud to share with you the tradition, the history and the facts about these two mystical spirits. Read along to learn about the types of mezcals and tequilas, the production process and the proper way to drink them (i.e.: no shots!). Within the pages of Destino Los Cabos you can find useful information to make the most of your vacation. Our goal is for you to have the best possible experience in Los Cabos. Don't forget that you can find all of our useful information online at: ¡SALUD!

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Los Cabos

(or “the capes” in Spanish) is located on the southernmost tip of the State of Baja California Sur and consists of four main areas: Cabo San Lucas, San José del Cabo, Todos Santos and the East Cape. La Paz is the State Capital. If you take a look at our Baja Sur map, you can see that the highways and towns form a loop. The Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez meet at the very tip of the peninsula. It's very clear when you're on the Pacific side; the waves are much larger and powerful and the winds are stronger. If you go further north along the Pacific side the climate and beaches are very different than on the Sea of Cortez side. It's usually a few degrees cooler, which is very pleasant during the warm summer months. The mountains meet the desert and the desert meets the ocean. The Sierra de la Laguna is a mountain range that lies at the southern end of the peninsula. Above 800 meters in elevation dry forests transition to pine-oak forests. The main climate of the region is arid to semi-arid; however, there are farming areas where the soil is wet, especially on the Pacific side of the Peninsula.

"The aquarium of the world"

is how Jacques Cousteau described the Sea of Cortez. It is said that eons ago, back when the Earth and Continents were still taking their shape, the edge of Mexico split from the mainland to form the Gulf of California and the Baja Peninsula. This allowed the Pacific Ocean to rush into the gap and create the Sea of Cortez, or as some call it, Mother Nature’s own fish trap. Hundreds of varieties of fish and mammals found their way into this "trap" and either stayed in the warm shallow waters or ventured down into the cool two mile-deep San Andreas Fault. For millenniums, the Colorado River has been dragging its rich minerals and nutrients into the Sea of Cortez, aiding the living species to thrive in these waters. In the months of January through March, Gray whales make their yearly migration from Alaska to give birth to their young in the shallow and warm waters of the Sea of Cortez. Ready to explore?



destinations Cabo San Lucas

This tourist friendly town, also just known as “Cabo,” is located on the tip of the Baja California peninsula and is full of entertainment for every age and liking. The Sea of Cortez and the Pacific Ocean meet at Land’s End, where you can observe the beautiful rock formations and the famous Cabo Arch. In Cabo San Lucas you can find Medano Beach (the liveliest beach in the Los Cabos area), an impressive marina and countless restaurants and bars that keep the town alive day and night.

San José del Cabo

Walking around downtown San José will allow you to experience a traditional Mexican town. You will find yourself surrounded by colorful buildings and quaint cobblestone streets that lead to the town’s picturesque zócalo (main plaza). Over the years, San José has become an artistic and cultural centre with numerous fine art galleries in its downtown art district as well as world-class restaurants. San José has a beautiful beach where you can take a horseback ride to explore the estuary that is home to many different bird species.

The Corridor

The corridor is the 40 km highway that connects Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo (about a 20 minute drive). Along this highway you can find various hotels, luxury ocean front homes, and championship golf courses. Have your camera ready and make a roadside stop at the Costa Azul view-point for photo opportunities and a refreshing coco frío (cold coconut).

Todos Santos

Located on the Pacific Ocean side of the peninsula, Todos Santos is an oasis where artists and surfers flock to enjoy the culture and excellent surf. Home to the famous Hotel California, this charming town offers great restaurants and a cooler climate than Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo due to the breezes coming from the Pacific.

East Cape

People often call it “the old Cabo” because of its pristine beaches and small fishing towns such as Buena Vista and Los Barriles. The East Cape begins just east of San José and extends about 100 miles up the Sea of Cortez coast. Sixty miles outside of San José is the Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park, Nationally Protected coral reef that offers outstanding snorkeling and scuba diving. Very popular for fishing and surfing, the East Cape also attracts kite surfers, campers and those who just want to get away from it all.

La Paz

La Paz is the capital of the state of Baja California Sur and is known for its warm people and beautiful beaches. This authentic Mexican city (as well as the general south Baja region) has been rated as one of the safest in Mexico and still maintains the small town feel that is very welcoming for tourists. La Paz is a departure point for tours and charters to the stunning Espiritu Santo Island as well as whale watching excursions. Stroll down the colorful malecón (boardwalk), walk hundreds of feet in waisthighwater at Balandra beach or have a fine dining experience; La Paz has a lot to offer.


Loreto offers the best of both worlds for tourists who long to escape to an 'authentic-Mexico' with settings that take you back-in-time along with ocean activities that rival that of any other modern coastal city. In Loreto you'll find historic buildings such as the enchanting Mision de Loreto - a mission-style church that was built in 1697 as well as The Islands of Loreto which boasts Mexico's largest marine preserve where dolphins, seals, turtles and sea lions all play in the sea. For those who are partial to adventures on land; there is hiking, biking, and nature-tours that fill up a camera with pictures of radiant natural settings. Loreto is the perfect place for everyone from honeymooners to large families.

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usef ul inf ormat ion ATMs The easiest way to get pesos is to simply withdraw money from an ATM in Los Cabos. Bank ATMs give the daily exchange rate (best possible rate). Examples include Banorte, Bancomer, Santander, Banamex, Banregio, and HSBC. Non-bank ATMs located in the streets or marina will charge higher fees. Some ATMs only give you dollars, some only pesos and some give you the option to withdraw both. Pay close attention to what currency you’re withdrawing and try to get as much cash as possible in one transaction to avoid paying high fees.


Dollars are accepted almost everywhere but you will usually get your change back in pesos. The exchange rate varies every day, but some places have a set rate posted.


Visa, Mastercard and American Express credit cards are generally accepted, but you often run into cash only establishments. Always ask beforehand and carry cash just in case. Keep in mind your bank will most likely charge you international transaction fees if you pay with your card.


In Cabo San Lucas, Walmart and Costco are good options and easy to get to. You can always find a taxi outside of these stores. San José has a Walmart, La Comer, Chedraui Selecto or Soriana. Mercado Santa Carmelo or California Ranch Market are good options for specialty foods and dietary restrictions. If you need a quick grab, OXXO stores are reasonably priced convenience stores located all over town.


Local area codes: Los Cabos: (624), Todos Santos and La Paz: (612) - Loreto: (613) To dial to other countries: 00 + country code (1, 2 or 3 digits) + number From a Mexican land line or cell phone: To a Mexican long distance number: 01 + 3 digit area code + 7 digit number To a Mexican cell phone number: 3 digit area code + 7 digit number To a U.S. phone number: 00 + 1 + 3 digit area code + 7 digit number From your U.S. cell phone: To a Mexican land line or cell phone: 011 52 + 3 digit area code + number To a U.S. phone number: 00 + 1 + 3 digit area code + number Some U.S. cell phone carriers have arrangements with Mexican carriers and when you travel here your cell phone uses their towers. If this is your case, you will have to dial as if you had a Mexican phone. U.S. TOLL FREE NUMBERS (International rates will apply): To a 1 (800): 00 + 1 + 880 + phone number To a 1 (866): 00 + 1 + 883 + phone number To a 1 (888): 00 + 1 + 881 + phone number To a 1 (855): 00 + 1 + 884 + phone number To a 1 (877): 00 + 1 + 882 + phone number


Renting a car will allow you to enjoy the freedom of exploring Los Cabos. Driving in Mexico might be intimidating, but if you just go with the muddled flow, you will realize that there is some organization within the chaos. If you are pulled over by local police for committing a driving infraction, the standard procedure is for them to take your Driver’s License. You will then have to go to the Police Station to pay your ticket and pick-up your license. There are two types of gasoline: Magna, which is regular, and Premium. Lleno (pronounced ye-no) means full. Major credit cards are accepted. Tipping the gas station attendant around $10.00 pesos is customary. There is a toll road that takes you from the airport to Cabo San Lucas or to the Todos Santos highway. By taking this road you avoid the taxi and shuttle traffic on the main highway. The cost varies from $63.00 to $75.00 pesos, depending on your destination. ALTO STOP





EMERGENCIES: 066 or 911 from a local number ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE: 074 from a local number POLICE DEPARTMENT: - Cabo San Lucas 143-3977 - San José del Cabo 142-0361 FIRE DEPARTMENT: Dial 116 or: - Cabo San Lucas 143-3577 - San José del Cabo 142-2466 HIGHWAY PATROL: 146-0573 TOURIST POLICE: 143-3977 HOSPITALS: Hospiten: - Cabo San Lucas 105-8500 - San José del Cabo 105-8550 Baja Medical Response: 144-3434 Blue Medical Net: - Cabo San Lucas Hospital 104 3911 - San José del Cabo Clinic 142-3511 Cabo Surgical Center: 172-6030 Hospital H+ Los Cabos: 104-9300 North American Hospitals and Clinics: 142-2770 One World Hospital: - Cabo San Lucas 143-4911 - San José del Cabo 142-5911 - Todos Santos (612) 145-0600 Saint Luke's Hospital: - Cabo San Lucas 143-4911 - San José del Cabo 142-5911 Walk-in Medi Clinic: 130-7011 * For a complete directory of Doctors, hospitals and clinics in Los Cabos, visit: AIR AMBULANCES: SkyMed International Air Ambulance: (624) 154-4919 Air One Ambulance: (800) 236-8080 U.S. CONSULATE: 143-3566 CANADIAN CONSULATE: 142-4333 TAXI CABO SAN LUCAS: 143-2221 TAXI SAN JOSÉ DE CABO: 142-0401 IMMIGRATION: 143-0135 AIRLINES: Aero Calafia: 130-7822 Aeromexico: 146-5097 Air Canada: 01 (800) 719-2827 (Toll free within Mexico) Alaska Airlines: 146-5166 American Airlines: 146-5302/5303 Continental Airlines: 146-5050 Delta Airlines: 146-5005/146-5217 Interjet: 01 (800)-011-2345 (Toll free within Mexico) Southwest: 01 (800) 435-9792 Spirit Airlines: 1 (800) 772-7117 Sun Wing: 1 (800) 668-4224 Volaris: 01 (800) 7VOLARIS (Toll free within Mexico) US Airways: 146-5380 West Jet: 1 (800) 538-5696




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With calm waters, extraordinary fishing and perfect weather, some may argue that boating is the most popular attraction in Los Cabos. Whether you want to take a cruise to Santa Maria Bay on a luxury yacht or wake up at the crack of dawn for a fishing adventure, there are endless options to fit your needs.

BOAT RENTALS Private yachts and sailboats There are many charter companies that can accommodate your needs. What you do on your trip is really up to you, but it will typically consist of a tour of the landmark arch, a few hours of fishing, and a cruise to one of our beautiful bays for a swim. Most boats have fishing equipment and a knowledgeable crew, but the biggest difference between a yacht and a fishing boat rental is the cost. Fishing Boat Rentals You can always fish on a yacht, but cruisers, pangas and super-pangas are a more affordable option. Cruisers accommodate larger groups and are more comfortable when the sea is rough on a windy day.

THE MARINAS Marina Cabo San Lucas The area’s largest commercial marina features 380 slips and accommodates vessels of up to 375 feet. Amenities include 24-hour security, electricity and potable water, a fuel dock, and convenient laundry and shower facilities. Puerto Los Cabos Located in La Playa just north of San José del Cabo is the newest marina in the area with 200 available slips for

boats up to 400 feet. Amenities are similar to Marina Cabo San Lucas, though the boatyard’s 150-ton travel lift can accommodate larger vessels.

FISHING There’s a reason why the world’s richest fishing tournament - the Bisbee’s Black & Blue - has taken place in Los Cabos for over thirty years. This part of the world offers abundant sea life and an exceptionally high catch success rate, no matter what your level of fishing experience is. What to Expect Most charters include a fishing license, bait, tackle and equipment. Some also include food and drink or these amenities can be added at an additional cost. It is better to leave early; trips usually begin at 6:00 and 7:00 am and last around 6 hours. Cost will depend on the number of people in your party and the size of the boat you choose to rent. It is customary to leave the crew a gratuity of 15% to 20%. Bait and Tackle Most likely, the boat you charter will include your bait and tackle. If you need your own fresh bait, you may buy it along the Cabo San Lucas Marina or the crew you hire may also stop to buy it from the local fishermen on your way out.

BOATING AND FISHING TERMS IN SPANISH Captain - Capitán Aboard - Abordo To fish - Pescar To float - Flotar Wind - Viento



Tide - Marea Fish - Pescado Bait - Carnada Fishing rod - Caña de pescar Hook - Anzuelo

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Prepare yourself for an incredible show of nature as you swim side by side with colorful schools of fish, eels, rays, octopus, sea turtles and more. The Sea of Cortez or the “Aquarium of the World” offers many opportunities to experience incredible underwater wildlife.


Photo courtesy Wild Canyon

SNORKELING SPOTS Cabo offers several methods for snorkeling. You may drive to a local beach and swim out, book a tour with one of the many popular companies, or charter a private boat. Tours are typically two or three hours. Stay away from the Pacific side of the peninsula; its strong currents make it very dangerous for any kind of water sports. Pelican Rock

A quick five-minute ride from the Cabo San Lucas marina or Medano Beach is all it takes to get to this fish-attracting rock.

Lover’s Beach This popular and uniquely-named beach is accessible only by boat. Be on the look-out, however, as the water is not roped off for swimmers. Santa Maria Bay Snorkel tours regularly visit Santa Maria Bay. If you choose to drive there, it’s an easy swim from the shore to the reef on the right side of the cove. Chileno Bay Snorkelers will find a safe, ropedoff area for swimming at this common tour destination. Cabo Pulmo A Natural Marine Reserve in the East Cape, and may offer the best snorkeling in the area. This eightfingered coral reef is about a 1.5hour drive from San José del Cabo, but it is well worth it!

Buggy, ATV, or Jet Ski Rentals There are several local companies which offer ATVs, buggies, and other off-road vehicles for trail and beach cruising. Strap on some goggles and hop behind the wheel of one of these off-road racers for an afternoon of fast-paced fun! Vehicles include typical ATVs or enclosed rail buggies or RZR ATVs. Tours are typically three hours, and drivers must be 16 years of age with a valid Driver’s License. If pedal-powered rides are more your speed, look into renting a mountain bike, beach cruiser, or joining a guided bicycle tour of town. Just make sure to wear a helmet! Horseback Rides, Nature Walks, and Bird Watching Los Cabos (particularly San José del Cabo) offers a number of horseback excursions for all ages. Saddle up for a sunset guided beach ride, venture up a hidden canyon trail, or just sit back in the shade while experienced horse trainers give the kids lessons in horsemanship – there’s something for everyone! San José also boasts a natural estuary and nature preserve. Enjoy a peaceful, self-guided nature walk to observe some of the lushest landscape in the area. Species of flora and fauna are abundant: dozens of species of cactus, lizards, and birds can be spotted on this solitary walk, just a few minutes from downtown. Cactus-lovers may also want to check out the cactus gardens at Wirikuta, offering a large variety of cacti laid out in an artful outdoor setting. - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA


BAJA 101 Adventure Parks There are several adventure parks in Los Cabos where you and your kids can experience zip-lining, backcountry ATV tours, a camel safari, and more. Zip-lines are appropriate for kids of 8 years and up and be prepared to hike from 5 to 15 minutes from line to line. Most companies include transportation.


Parasailing If heights over land are not right for you, try a parasailing trip and gain some altitude to enjoy beautiful views of Cabo while tethered firmly to a speedboat! Wet Fun Water Park Located about 20 minutes from San José, this water park has shallow pools and small slides for young children, water mushrooms, a pirate ship and a giant bucket that dumps water on the bystanders below. For the adrenaline seekers, several fast and large slides stand tall and mighty and offer a great view of the beautiful surrounding mountains. To get there take HWY 1 north from the San José International Airport towards La Paz and East Cape. After about 15 miles, the exit for Caudaño and the water park will be at KM 66. Follow this road for a few minutes and you will find the park on your right. Turtle Release Every year, several species of endangered sea turtles nest in the warm sands of Los Cabos. Your family will have the opportunity to help these fragile and tiny creatures make it safely into the sea. Children will learn about the importance of conservation and they will surely enjoy the experience of helping these little friends. Sol de Mayo Waterfall Cascade Located about an hour and a half away from Los Cabos, the Sol de Mayo Oasis is yet another natural beauty of the Southern Baja California region. The hike leads the adventurous to a majestically beautiful oasis where everyone can swim and even dive into the cool, serene waters. Be sure to pack a lunch, and take plenty of water. There are plenty of signs to guide everyone to this wonderful piece of paradise. After arriving in Santiago, turn right up the little hill towards the town square. The cost is $6 US per person to access the easy hike to the clear-water falls.



Baja Sur has been a popular surfing destination since the ‘50s. The East Cape is popular for kite surfing and the Pacific coast has several surf breaks where you will find less crowds. See our Baja Sur map to locate the surf spots mentioned below. SAN PEDRITO Level: Advanced. Direction: Right, left. Location: Pacific side right before arriving to Todos Santos. Have you ever had a dream about flying like Superman or maybe swimming like a dolphin? Dreams can come true in Cabo! The FlyBoard is a device connected and powered by a personal watercraft, which allows propulsion underwater and in the air. Users are connected to the board by wakeboard boots, under which, water pressure provides thrust. A certified trainer controls the power and height and you control all the movement. Available at Medano Beach or in the Puerto Los Cabos Marina in San José del Cabo.


There is something special about paddling out and finding yourself floating in the ocean with just a paddle and a board. Stand up paddling is a great way to see marine life and to get a great workout while enjoying nature. At Medano Beach you can rent boards in several locations. Certain companies offer paddling lessons and some have yoga classes on the board.


This sport is most popular in the East Cape due to the El Norte winds. Playa Norte (the north-east side of the beach) in Los Barriles is said to be the most popular destination and is also the location for a professional kite-boarding school. La Ventana is also a popular spot and is closer to La Paz. There is less wind in Los Barriles than in La Ventana, but the surf is bigger. The best months are January, February, March, October, November, December. Every January, the Lord of the Wind tournament takes place in Los Barriles. - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA

CERRITOS Level: Beginners. Direction: Right, left. Location: Pacific side at Km 65 of the Cabo San Lucas- Todos Santos road. MONUMENTS Level: Advanced . Direction: Left. Location: at Km 6.5 of the Corridor, closer to Cabo San Lucas. EL TULE Level: Advanced . Direction: Right, left. Location: Exit at Km 16.2 at El Tule bridge COSTA AZUL consists of three breaks: The Rock or La Roca Level: Advanced. Direction: Right. Zippers Level: All levels. Direction: Right. Acapulquito Level: All levels. Direction: Right. Location: at Km 28.5. Access is below the Costa Azul bridge. LA BOCANA AT THE ESTUARY Level: All levels. Direction: Right, left. Location: San José del Cabo’s main beach, close to the Holiday Inn. SHIPWRECKS Level: Advanced. Direction: Right. Location: East Cape, about 25 Km from San José del Cabo. NINE PALMS Level: All levels. Direction: Long rights. Location: East Cape, about 30 Km from San José del Cabo. SEASONS June through November The summer months are known to be the best as the Southern Hemisphere’s swells send great waves to the Pacific, Cabo San Lucas, San José and the East Cape. December through February East Cape and Costa Azul are on the flatter side. The Pacific can be good this time of year because it’s exposed to the west swell. March through May This is the windy season. Swells are consistent and you’ll run into fewer crowds.

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October Outdoors by Alex Navarro, local outdoor adventure expert

Welcome to Baja! It's great that you are here in the beautiful month of October because the weather is very nice this time of year, making the options to enjoy the outdoors almost limitless. Since it has been raining a lot all throughout the summer, one fantastic idea is to do a day tour to check out the beautiful waterfall at the "CaĂąon de la Zorra" which is just outside the charming little town of Santiago. A visit to this famous waterfall will be the perfect outing this vacation to change it up a bit and see a different side of Baja. If you're the kind of person that might go out and explore the waterfalls, I recommend also doing some hiking in the area. Some of my favorite hikes are up into San Dioniso canyon and up from Agua Caliente. There are many outfitters that do tours to this area and your concierge can easily help you book this trips. As I mentioned before, we have had nice rains this summer, so therefore the cold pools throughout the trails are filled up so this makes the hikes very special. Furthermore, October is very famous in Cabo for all the legendary sport fishing tournaments like the Bisbees and many more. The fishing is amazing this time of year and my fishermen friends have caught some nice tuna and jurel (mackerel)lately which both are delicious. So maybe book a fishing trip this vacation and have some super fresh sashimi. One of my favorite things to do this time of year is snorkeling. The water temperature is very nice during October and there are many different spots in Cabo to do some great snorkeling. Some popular spots are Chileno reef and Santa Maria bay, and farther away is Sirenita beach in Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park which is spectacular. Snorkeling is a great way to do something really adventurous in an easy and safe way. So

go for it if you've never done it! Last month I wrote about surfing, so for sure I would highly suggest you try it out if you have never done it. October is the perfect time to do it because there are waves breaking in the Pacific Ocean and also on the Cabo side of the peninsula. We have excellent surf schools in Cerritos beach and Costa Azul as well. Catch some waves and go back home with some great surf stories! Cabo has grown a lot the in past years and is still growing very much, and all throughout this growth we have been very lucky to receive many excellent adventure companies. We have great operators of zip lines, off road tours, wave runners, parasailing, scuba diving, bungee jumping, fly boarding, and many more fun activities. So go for it and make that reservation for that one adventure you have never done! Thinking of great operators, we have amazing boating and sailing tours in Cabo too. The options are numerous and you can choose your perfect outing. Maybe it's a snorkeling tour, or a dinner and wine sunset cruise. Whatever you choose it will be memorable. Cabo's nature and sightseeing is magical! Finally, a great way to enjoy Baja outdoors is to take a nice walk outside. My favorite walks and suggestions are: Puerto Los Cabos marina where they have an outdoors permanent exhibition by famous artist Leonora Carrington, the Cabo San Lucas marina where you can enjoy a mix of the outdoors and city life all at once, San Jose del Cabo's and Todos Santos' downtowns where many artisans, artists, musicians and restaurateurs reside, and last but not least the enchanting La Paz boardwalk or "Malecon" where you can walk and observe the calm sea. So have a lot of fun and enjoy Cabos's wonderful outdoors. Thanks for coming to Baja and please come back soon to relax and adventure once more! * - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA



Imagine floating in a turquoise bay with coral colored sand, snorkeling with colorful fish or walking for hundreds of yards in waist-high water, every beach in Southern Baja offers something unique. Here is a list of the "must sea" beaches to help you decide which is the one for you or just visit them all!


Lovers Beach Getting there is an adventure in itself, since it is reachable only by boat, kayak or any other water vessel. The easiest way to get there is to take a water taxi from the Cabo San Lucas Marina or Medano Beach. Your captain will cruise by the arch and the sea lion rock for some great photo opportunities. Walk to the other side of the rocks and you’ll find yourself looking at the Pacific Ocean (Divorce Beach). This side is very dangerous for swimming, so swim on Lover’s Beach side only. Location: Land’s End beside the famous arch. Tips: On occasion there are a few vendors who offer beer and water, but you won’t find any other services. Medano If you’re looking for the action, this is where it is. El Médano (as the locals call it) is a 2-mile stretch of hotels, restaurants and bars, right on the sand. It’s a swimmable and familyfriendly beach with endless options for souvenir shopping. Numerous activities and water sports are available. If you want to take a water taxi to Lover’s Beach, this is the best spot to do it. Its stunning view of Land’s End and the vast entertainment options make this beach a must-see. Location: In the heart of downtown Cabo San Lucas. The beach is accessible by foot through the east side of the marina or via Avenida del Pescador. Tips: Be prepared to be approached by souvenir vendors. If you’re not there for the shopping, just respond with “No gracias.” Water sports are available such as jet skis, parasailing, flyboarding, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, and more. Visit Lover’s Beach while you’re there.

Chileno Chileno Beach is a very popular location for snorkeling and swimming due to its calm waters. You’ll find tide pools at the left end of the beach and beautiful reefs offering excellent snorkeling and scuba diving. Public restrooms and showers are available, as well as a handicap ramp that takes you right to the beach. Location: Going from Cabo San Lucas towards San José, follow the signs for Chileno Beach Club near Km. 14 of the main highway. Tips: Snorkeling visibility is often better in the mornings and you’ll avoid the mid-day snorkel tours. Bring snorkeling gear!

DISCOVER Santa Maria Santa Maria is a stunning horseshoe cove with coarse coral colored sand and abundant marine life. Boat excursions and private charters often stop here to enjoy the snorkeling and scuba diving that this National Marine Preserve offers. This family-friendly beach is relatively secluded; therefore, you rarely run into beach vendors. However, the beach does have brand new bathrooms and palapas. Location: Travelling west from Cabo San Lucas towards San José, follow the sign which reads “Santa María” and exit the highway at Km. 13. Follow the dirt road until you reach the parking area. Tips: Swim from the shore towards the rocks on the right side of the beach for a great snorkeling experience.

Palmilla Palmilla beach is known for its family friendly calm waters and a mile-long stretch of beach. Located within the resort community of Palmilla, you will find yourself surrounded by oceanfront luxury homes and the One&Only Hotel. Pangas and fishing cruisers are available for charter, but you won’t find water sport rentals such as kayaks or jet skis. Location: Take the Palmilla ramp exit at Km. 27. Follow the signs and turn into the main beach parking area before the entrance to the One&Only Hotel. Tips: Palmilla is popular among local families on the weekends, so arrive early if you want a palapa, or bring your own umbrella. No services are available here.

Cerritos Cerritos beach is a popular surf spot and swimming here is relatively safe. The scenic 45 minute drive from Cabo San Lucas is well worth the trip as you drive along the pristine Pacific coast. You can rent a boogie board or surf board or even take a surf lesson. Location: Exit at Km. 66 of the Cabo San Lucas to Todos Santos Highway. Watch the markers and look for the signs. Tips: Come prepared with food, drinks and beach gear. The ocean currents are strong and the waves can be quite powerful, so swim with caution.

Balandra A stunning bay in La Paz (the State's Capital) that will take your breath away. You can walk back and forth in the bay in waist-high water that is crystal clear. Follow the shore towards the north-east side and you will find the famous “mushroom rock.” You won’t regret visiting Playa Balandra! Location: A two hour drive from Cabo San Lucas. Once you're in La Paz, follow the main drag along the boardwalk, pass Costa Baja Resort and continue to wind around the coast and through the mountains until you see the signs for the beach. Tips: No bathroom facilities. There is a truck where you can buy water and snacks, but it is recommended to bring your own in case they are closed. - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA



Whale Shark Se ason by K atia Silva M arine B iologist and Guid e at C abo Trek The whale shark is a popular focal species in the marine tourism industry. However, the ancestry of this shark goes back to the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods 245-65 million years ago, when the present groups of sharks began to appear. It was not until 1828 when the first whale shark specimen known to science was discovered off the South African coast. The whale shark, like the world's second largest fish, the basking shark, is a filter feeder growing as long as 60 feet, can weigh up to 20 tons, and can live to over 100 years old. Though they are big, their brains are tiny. They are widely distributed and found worldwide in tropical and warm temperate seas, except the Mediterranean. As it swims, it sucks water through its gargantuan mouth, as wide as 5 feet, then filters out plankton and other microscopic organisms through its gills. Whale sharks are fish, and therefore obtain oxygen via their gills. They have no physiological requirement to swim at the surface


- unlike air-breathing whales and dolphins. Whale sharks have a broad distribution in tropical and warm temperate seas. The researchers know very little about whale shark reproduction - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA

and life history. Only one pregnant whale shark has ever been physically examined by scientists. This singular shark, caught in a fishery off Taiwan in 1995, carried over 300 pups inside her. That is almost twice as many as

any other shark species. They do not know if this is normal. They still do not know how often females produce pups either. There are several sites where large numbers of whale sharks aggregate, attracting tourists from all over the world. Most of the sharks present at these sites are juvenile males between four and nine meters in length. The species is considered endangered, but it continues to be hunted in parts of Asia, such as the Philippines. In La Paz Bay, a whale shark monitoring program since 2003 shows that up to 66% of juveniles have been hit by boats. In collaboration with the Mexican government, a Code of Conduct was generated for whale shark tour operators. Regulations include staying 10 feet distance away from the shark’s head, no more than 5 people in the water with one shark at a time, and no touching the animal. All boats are monitored by GPS. Always choose a responsible tour operator on your vacation. Help to keep these giant gentle animals alive for the next generations. *



From Land's End to La Paz MONTHLY F I S H I NG R E P O RT b y G ar y Graham

Fishing has been exciting throughout Baja Sur. In Loreto alone, some large 40-pound class dorado were landed by the 115 competing teams in the Dos Mares Gran Final sponsored by FONMAR, all winners of their 26 local tournaments throughout Baja Sur. This was followed by news that local San Cosme resident, Robert Ross, had battled an estimated 500-pound yellowfin tuna near Catalan Island before the line suddenly went slack and Ross reeled in the straightened-out hook! Ross and his son-in-law Jay Yadon, Outpost Charters, described the scene around their boats as “monster-sized yellowfin boiled on sardines just a few feet off the stern.” They saw several huge YFT as well as the one that Ross hooked, all candidates for topping the current IGFA All-Tackle 427-pound record held by Guy Yocum set nearly six years ago. The remarkable fact is that there are so few anglers on these fish when an IGFA record could be waiting to be broken. They did successfully land a second large tuna which he returned to his home at San Cosme to weigh on his digital scale. It weighed 310.2 pounds. Another caught by a local fisherman was estimated to be approximately 250 pounds, bringing the total number of cow-sized tuna caught to seven for the year 2018 thus far. Odds are there will be more news coming from this relatively unknown fishery before year’s end. The La Paz and Los Arenas areas are enjoying more tuna...bigger dorado... wahoo...billfish...and everyone who had a roosterfish on their bucket list caught at least one! Plus, they have enjoyed some of the best weather of the year with sunny days, cool nights and flat blue waters! Farther south at Los Barriles, Van Wormer’s East Cape Gold Cup Wahoo Jackpot attracted 56 teams of 210 anglers

who caught 22 wahoo with the largest fish weighing 41.1 pounds brought to the scales by the winning team of Victor Locklin of Corona and Luis Beltran of San Jose del Cabo on the Oso Negro. The cash jackpots ($200, $300, $500, $1000) totaled over $40,000. Combined with a brand-new VW Tiguan SUV valued at $25,000, the fish caught by Locklin earned the Oso Negro team more than $60 thousand! Although wahoo has held center stage, the yellowfin tuna has remained fairto-good for nice-sized fish, and smaller- to medium-sized dorado seem to be spread out throughout the area. Inshore pargo, amberjack and pompano, along with roosterfish swimming in shallow water along the shore, are the best targets. At Puerto Los Cabos, the main species has been yellowfin tuna ranging in sizes from football- up to 80-pounds, hitting on the strips of squid and sardina. The fish were finicky, being more active early mornings on some days, while on other days, they were more active later in the day; boats were moving around to the various spots, trying to find some cooperative fish. Catches ranged from one or two yellowfin, up to ten. This is normally the time of year that the largest of cow-sized yellowfin tuna start to arrive lurking around the local high spots. There were a couple of reports recently of large fish being lost after extended battles on the grounds near the Gordo Banks. Presumably these were thought to be big tuna. That same area is now producing some action for larger marlin, including one black marlin that was estimated to weigh 500 pounds landed mid-week aboard a 22-foot panga. Only occasionally are dorado being found, and most are under 15-pounds and close to shore. Water is now clear and blue within one mile of shore, with ocean currents warming, averaging 82 to 86 degrees. Limited bottom action for a few snapper, bonito, cabrilla, amberjack, but most charters are targeting the finicky tuna, which has proved to be the best bet for filling a cooler full of fresh fillets. The Cabo area yielded few seldomcaught, short-billed spearfish, several huge

black marlin, along with a few large bull dorado and a beautiful big sailfish -- whose size is rarely encountered anywhere in the world. Offshore fishing has continued to be productive with dorado and yellowfin sandwiched around striped marlin, sailfish, and blue marlin – even a few black marlin showed up. The fleets reported blue marlin in the double-digits along with sailfish and striped marlin. Big numbers of 10to 20-pound yellowfin are being reported in the fish counts with some 200-pound cows showing up. The fleets are also having some success with school dorado as well as the more singular big bulls running in the 40- to 50-pound range. Most of the blue marlin are running in the 200- to 300-pound range with more blacks being seen farther up in the Sea of Cortez. Inshore fishing has continued to produce nice catches of roosterfish along with a nice catch of jack crevalle in the Palmilla area. *

They successfully landed a second large tuna that weighed 310.2 pounds. Another caught by a local fisherman was estimated to be approximately 250 pounds, bringing the total number of cow-sized tuna caught in Loreto to seven for the year 2018 thus far. - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA



f you’ve made it to Los Cabos, there’s a good chance you may be tempted to indulge in the sacred spirits of Mexico, mezcal and tequila. But before you dive in, it’s best to get an understanding of the spirits rich history and the artisanal process. Then you can appreciate the pride Mexican culture has for these distinct and complex spirits.

The Origin – The Elixir of the Gods

by Justin Porter Biel


Mezcal predates tequila and has a long history in Mexico. The agave plant, which makes both mezcal and tequila, is a cherished plant with deep ties to indigenous cultures. For hundreds of years, the agave plant was a prominent feature in religious ceremonies, mythology and trade. Early communities learned to cook the heart of the agaves, called piñas, to ferment the juices and create an alcoholic beverage named pulque. However, mezcal and tequila came some 1,500 years later with the arrival of the Spanish. While it’s hard to trace the first appearance of mezcal, one myth says a

lightning bolt came down from the heavens, struck the agave plant, cooking and releasing its juices. Through this act of heaven, mezcal became known as, “the elixir of the gods.” The Spanish conquest of Mexico marks the arrival of distillation in the America’s. The Spaniards had brought a large cache of alcohol to America, but as supplies dwindled they started experimenting with local ingredients like agave. Through a process of cooking, fermenting and distilling the heart of the agave, mezcal was officially born. Years later, a slight alteration of the production process birthed the spirit tequila. The rest, as they say, is history. Mezcal vs. Tequila – What’s the Difference?

Although tequila has gained worldwide popularity, here’s the thing most people don’t realize: tequila is a type of mezcal. Why is this true? Mezcal includes a broad category of spirits made in Mexico from the different

version of the agave plant. Tequila is one specific kind of mezcal. Mezcal comes from many different varieties of agave. However, tequila is made with a specific kind of agave plant, called agave tequiliana, or blue agave. Mezcal and tequila also follow slightly different production process, which changes the taste of each spirit. Mezcal Production

Wild or farmed agaves are harvested and roasted in stone-lined pits over a wood fire. This cooking method is what gives mezcal its characteristically smoky flavor. Once cooked, the agave is mashed in large stone grinders and then moved to exposed wooden vats for fermentation. After two rounds of distillation, the end product is mezcal. While some mezcal is aged in barrels after distillation, mezcal enthusiasts consider young mezcal (not aged) the purest form. Mezcal production varies per region, but each is a handson, artisanal process passed down through generations of Mezcalero’s. The government recognizes only 8 of Mexico’s 31 states as mezcal producers, but local varieties are produced countrywide.

citrus and floral flavors. Like wine, small-batch mezcals are impacted by the soil and growing conditions, so each artisanal batch tastes slightly different. The traditional way to drink mezcal is neat, at room temperature. Mezcal is also often served alongside orange slices dusted with sal de gusano (a mix of rock salt, ground chiles and roasted ground worms). Whatever you do, don’t shoot it. Instead, sip slowly to enjoy the variety of flavors and connect with the essence of the spirit. If you’re more into cocktails, try mezcal in your margarita, or in place of whiskey, as in a mezcal old-fashioned. But to get the authentic flavor experience, try a flight of mezcal made from different types of agave. We’ve listed a few of the most common below.

Floral and vegetal with notes of spice and dark chocolate. Espadin – The most common form of agave used for mezcal, espadin is widely farmed and also grows in the wild. Taste Profile: Comes in a variety of flavors, depending on the producer. Tobalá – This mezcal is typically more expensive because it only grows in rocky, shaded areas and must be pollinated by animals such as birds and bats. Taste Profile: Complex and fruity. Tobaziche – Grown all across Mexico, this agave has different flavors and names based on where it’s produced. Taste Profile: Pleasant, savory and herbal. Tepeztate – A rare form of mescal, this agave takes over 30 years to mature. Taste Profile: Aromatic, intense flavor.

Types of Mezcal

The taste of Tequila is complex and varied, from herbaceous and citrusy blancos to caramel and vanilla reposados, to smooth and oaky anejos. Like all mezcal, the best way to taste the

Arroqueño – A huge agave plant, arroqueño can take up to 20 years to mature. Taste Profile:


Tequila Production

Tequila comes from a specific kind of agave plant, the agave tequiliana, or blue agave. Instead of being cooked underground on wood fires, tequila hearts are steam cooked in brick ovens or stainless steel vats. The rest of the process is the same, with cooked agave being crushed, left to ferment, and distilled a minimum of two times. Traditionally, tequila has relied more on the process of aging to produce reposado (rested) or anejo (aged) tequilas. During the aging process, tequila sits in oak barrels previously used for bourbon production, for anywhere from 2 months to 3 years or more. This process impacts the tequilas flavor profile as well as the color. Tequila is also limited in its production areas. However, the majority comes from the state of Jalisco. Mezcal and Tequila Tasting Guide

Mezcal is known as the smokier of the two spirits, but traditional mezcal will also highlight flavors of the plant though hints of sweetness, - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA


Mezcal Distillery in Oaxaca, Mexico - photo By @jkraft5

flavor of quality tequila is by sipping it neat. With tequila’s popularity, there are also dozens of tasty cocktails available that take advantage of tequilas unique flavor profiles. When you’re out at a restaurant or bar, the choice for tequila comes down to brand preference and choosing one of the four different styles: blanco, joven, reposado, and anejo.

SPANISH LESSON Although many locals in Los Cabos speak English, they also appreciate it when visitors speak Spanish. Don't be shy and give it a try!

Types of Tequila Blanco – Also known as silver, or plata, this is the blue agave spirit in its purest form, typically un-aged. Taste Profile: Clean, floral, citrus. Joven – Also known as gold orotequila, this tequila has added colorants, flavorings and sugars. Gold tequila is not pure tequila, and, and in my opinion, should be avoided at all costs. Taste Profile: That “bad shot” of tequila you had in high school. Reposado – A reposado is ”rested” tequila that has been typically aged in oak bourbon bottles anywhere from 2 to 11 months. This aging process leads to a more complex taste and the golden-hued color. Flavor Profile: Sweet, balanced flavor of agave and wood. Anejo – An anejo is ”aged” tequila that has gained flavor and complexity within a barrel for one year or more. There is also extra anejo, or ultra aged, which have been aged for over three years. Flavor Profile: Smooth, complex and rich, with the most aged tequila reminiscent of bourbon. Mexico is for Mezcal

Mezcal is a Mexican tradition, a spirit to be shared and enjoyed amongst family and friends. So if you’ve made it to Los Cabos, do yourself a favor and indulge in some mezcal, the spirit of the gods. x



Hotel - Hotel Hospital - Hospital a wiggly line on top of the letter Beach - Playa "n" use the "ny" sound that Store - Tienda you use for the English word Pharmacy - Farmacia canyon. • The double "ll" is pronounced AT A RESTAURANT like "y" in English. Table - Mesa • The letter "h" is always silent. Glass - Vaso • The letter "j" is pronounced Plate - Plato like "h" in English. Fork - Tenedor • If the word has an accent mark Spoon - Cuchara such as "á", that syllable is Knife - Cuchillo stressed. Napkin - Servilleta Can you bring the check? - ¿Puede THE BASICS traer la cuenta? Hello - Hola Goodbye - Adios MEETING SOMEONE NEW Good morning - Buenos días Nice to meet you - Mucho gusto Good afternoon - Buenas tardes What's your name? - ¿Cómo te llamas? Good night - Buenas noches My name is ... - Mi nombre es... Thank you - Gracias Where are you from? - ¿De dónde eres? Please - Por Favor Do you speak English? - ¿Habla Inglés? Sorry - Disculpa I don't understand - No entiendo Here - Aquí There - Allá WORDS and PHRASES Help - Ayuda OF THE MONTH Doctor - Doctor Are you having fun? - ¿Te estas divirtiendo? Water - Agua To sing - Cantar Food - Comida To drink - Beber Money - Dinero Do you want to dance - ¿Quieres bailar? Cash - Efectivo Cheers! - ¡Salud! Change - Cambio To celebrate - Celebrar Credit card - Tarjeta de crédito To fish - Pescar Tip - Propina Tournaent - Torneo • The letter "ñ" - When you see

GETTING AROUND Where is ...? - ¿Dónde está ...? My hotel is ... - Mi hotel es ... Please take me to ... - Por favor lléveme a ... How much is this? - ¿Cuánto cuesta esto? Where is an ATM? - ¿Dónde hay un cajero automático? Telephone - Teléfono Do you have WIFI? - ¿Tiene WIFI? PLACES Bathrooms - Baños Restaurant - Restaurante




FURNITURE, ART, APPLIANCES AND MORE Two locations in San Jose del Cabo: (624) 142-2121 • (624) 105-2323





Giving Back

Off the Beaten Track: A Historic Site brings promise of tourism and cultural revival to El Triunfo by International Community Foundation

The Baja California peninsula has a unique cultural make-up and important history that is increasingly attracting tourism into the inner ‘ranchos’ and Sierra de la Laguna mountains. One of the new ‘happening’ towns is El Triunfo, located less than an hour from either La Paz or Todos Santos, it’s known for its iconic smokestack “La Ramona”, a bright yellow mission style church, and a handful of delicious cafés and restaurants. “La Ramona” was completed in 1890 as part of the large gold and silver mining operations that operated in the Baja California Sur region until the early part of the 20th century. At that time, El Triunfo had a population of over 4,000 inhabitants and was one of the largest and most diverse settlements on the peninsula! Once the mining operations ceased, the town’s population was reduced to as low as 300 and the economy declined. After over 100 years of abandonment, “La Ramona” was gravely damaged including large cracks and loose or missing brick. The possibility of partial or total collapse after an earthquake or hurricane was a major concern, as well as a constant risk for residents and visitors of El Triunfo. Acknowledging the urgency of these threats and historical significance of the smokestack, in 2015 the International Community Foundation (ICF) negotiated a loan to restore the monument before the 2018 hurricane season. The project was managed by Corredor Histórico, CAREM, a Mexican nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting, restoring, and raising public awareness about the cultural heritage and history of the Baja California Peninsula. As a documented historical monument in Mexico, “La Ramona” is under the protection of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), who approved the historical restoration and the ongoing plans to manage the property. Now, after years of planning and months of construction, “La Ramona” has been restored, providing safety and assurance to the community that this important landmark will remain intact. The hope is that in coming years the site around “La Ramona” functions as a space to understand and enjoy the history, culture, and natural beauty that abounds in El Triunfo. This historic site, along with the complement of good food, art and artisan attractions in the region, will continue to attract visitors for years to come! The “La Ramona” community inauguration will take place on October 27th, 2018 and a new mining museum, scheduled to open in November, will round out an excellent way to spend a day in El Trifunfo!


Giving Guide Cabo San Lucas / San José del Cabo

Amigos de Los Niños - 624 144 3195 Baja SAFE, Salud de los Animales y Familias con Educación A.C. The Bomberos Voluntarios (Volunteer Fire Department) Cabo San Lucas: 624 143 3577 San José del Cabo: 624 142 2466. Building Baja's Future - 624 355 4314 Casa Hogar de Cabo San Lucas, A.C. - 624 123 1285 Gala de Danza A.C. Gente Joven Por Un Cambio, A.C. H+ Foundation Fund Liga M.A.C., A.C. (Mexican American Canadian League) - 624 120 1060 Los Cabos Children's Foundation, A.C. - 624 157 3851 Los Cabos Humane Society - 624 129 8346 Los Niños del Capitán, A.C. - 624 173 3807 Mobilize Mankind - 624 129 8223 Red Autismo - 624 166 8186 Sarahuaro - 624 122 4955 Solmar Foundation Fund Vifac BCS - 624 688 5062, 01 800 362 2207

East Cape

Amigos para la Conservacion de Cabo Pulmo, A.C. (ACCP) East Cape Community Urgent Care Clinic, A.C. East Cape Guild

Todos Santos

The Palapa Society Todos Santos, A.C. Todos Santos Community Fund

La Paz

Centro Mujeres, A.C. Como Vamos La Paz, A.C. Fundación Ayuda Niños La Paz, A.C. (FANLAP) Fundación Cántaro Azul, A.C. Water and environmental solutions La Paz Community fund Pelagios Kakunjá Raíz de Fondo Jardines y Educación, A.C.

Magdalena Bay

Vigilantes de Bahía Magdalena, A.C. Facebook: @vigilantes.bahiamagdalena


To support this historical restoration work, donors can support CAREM and the International Community Foundation by making a meaningful donation or joining the “Adopt-a-Brick” campaign for $100 per brick. For more information contact


Eco-Alianza de Loreto, A.C.




I saw Cabo become one of the most beautiful tourist towns in Mexico. JB: When and why did you move to Los Cabos? JV: In 1976, after Hotel Administration School in Mexico City. I came to work at


JORGE VIAÑA Jorge Viaña was born in La Paz, Bolivia, and is the General Manager of the world famous Cabo Wabo Cantina. Along with Sammy Hagar, Viaña founded Cabo Wabo in 1990. Viaña has run Cabo Wabo’s Los Cabos location ever since, becoming a fixture of the community. Known for his huge personality and his love of Los Cabos, Viaña has hosted all the musical greats to perform at Los Cabos most iconic club.


the Hyatt Hotel in Cabo Bello. JB: What was Los Cabos like when you arrived? How has it changed over the years? JV: There were probably around 6,000 people between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo when I arrived to paradise. Los Cabos was created when the international airport opened. Before that, flights where only available to La Paz and you would have to drive to Cabo (on highway 1) or you'd have to take a small plane from “Servicios Aéreos” to the Chileno airstrip. JB: Have you always been drawn to the restaurant and nightlife industry? JV: I had two jobs, day time at the Twin Dolphin Hotel and evenings at Alfonso’s Restaurant at El Medano. I was always involved in F. & B. JB: How did you become involved in Cabo Wabo? JV: When I met Sammy Hagar at the Twin Dolphin Hotel in 1986, I didn't know who he was until he told me he was the front man for Van Halen. I told him it was David Lee Roth - there were no newspapers or television, so I had no idea he was with Van Halen. That’s when he asked me why I had two jobs and I told him I was saving money to open my restaurant-bar. He decided to open a small bar with me and later he invited Eddie Van Halen, Alex Van Halen and Michael Anthony, and the Cabo Wabo Cantina in opened 1990. JB: What is your official role at Cabo Wabo? JV: I’m the General Manager and co-own the Cantina with Sammy and Marco Monroy, who became a partner in 1993. JB: Who are some of the musical guests you’ve hosted? JV: I have met a lot of musicians, actors, song writers and sports personalities, among them Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper, Slash, Kirk Hammet, Chad Smith, Chad Kroger, Bernie Taupin, Rihanna, Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Zack Wilde, Lars Ulrich, Duff McKagan, Denny Carmassi, Mike Inez, Gilby Clarke, Randy Castillo, Steve Jones, Roger Taylor, Tommy Lee, John Mayer, James Hetfield, Joan Jett, Rob Zombie, Nuno Bettencourt, Vince Neil, Chris Issac, Vinnie Paul, Bono, Matt Sorum, Jerry Cantrell, John Entwistle, Justin Timberlake, Nancy Wilson, Ann Wilson, Larry Mullen, Toby Keith, Oscar de la Hoya, Tré Cool, Guy Fieri, Alex González, Chis Angel, Alec Monopoly, Adam Lavine, Eddie Money, Sabastian Bach, Donovan Leitch, Mark McGrath, Kenny Chesney, Fher Olvera, Sean Penn, Ronnie Montrose, Paul Rodgers, Mick Jones, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Emeril Lagasse, Jimmy Page, and many more. JB: Are there any artists who haven’t played Cabo Wabo that you’d love to see? JV: Definitely Led Zeppelin would be the band I'd love to see. JB: Do you believe things happen for a reason? JV: Yes, three guys totally different from each other were able to create one of the most important Rock & Roll bars in the world. JB: Why have you stayed in Los Cabos all these years? JV: To have my family live in the best part of Baja Sur and to have my children grow-up in a town like Cabo.



Arco Charters is a family owned business that is dedicated to making your experience in Cabo something to write home about. Whether you’re here for fishing, snorkeling, whale watching, or sunset cruises, they have you covered. Let them take care of all the details while you relax. It’s your vacation after all, right? At Arco Charters they cherish the opportunity to make you their guest and they'll go the extra mile to make sure you're satisfied with their services. Troy and Sharon Weaver are owners of the company. A Colorado native, Troy has been fishing the waters of Cabo since 2005. He is a hard-working man devoted to his wife and three children. Hailing from Texas, Sharon has “retired” from her days

of working and raising her three amazing children. Sharon runs the day to day operations of Arco Charters. In her free time, she can be found sun bathing at the beach, sinking birdies on the golf course, or on the boat reeling in some fish. Captain Manny arguably has the most experience of any fisherman in Cabo. Manny was born and raised right here in Cabo San Lucas. With over 35 years of experience he knows how to find the fish. Manny is a cool dude with a passion for fishing. The boat is a 31-foot Cabo Express. The Cabo Express exemplifies the desirable qualities that avid anglers are looking for in a fishing boat ... small, fast, and seaworthy. The nimble fishing vessel remains steadfast when she hits a wave or makes a very sharp turn on the water. She sails with sheer confidence and utmost dependability which give passengers a sense of security when traversing the seas. Powered by Twin 365 HP Caterpillar 3208TA diesel engines, our 31-foot Cabo Express ventures offshore headstrong with up to six people on board. Fitted with a cushioned Pompanette fighting chair, top of the line Penn International rods and reels, outriggers, bait prep station, and large ice box to keep your catch cool, our vessel sets out to the fishing spots fully armed and ready to battle your targeted fish. Fishing success is increased by our boat’s state of the art electronics including a chart plotter, GPS, depth sounder, VHF radio, Sirius XM radio and an autopilot system. Combine all of these features and you have the recipe for a productive and unforgettable fishing trip. The fishing vessel has an air-conditioned cabin with its own bathroom and saloon sofa where passengers can relax after a long and tiring battle at sea. The vessel also has a cooler, refrigerator, sink, and a small kitchen countertop where you can grab a quick bite in between fishing battles. Come aboard and enjoy a full-day or half- day fishing. The experienced and friendly captain and crew are ready to bring you to the best fishing locations in Cabo where the fish are biting. They do everything they possibly can to try and catch fish you fish. Arco Charters likes to remind people that they can’t predict the weather, water or fish. This is why it’s called fishing, not catching! Contact: 800-669-9414 or 624-240-1162 - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA





Songwriters in Paradise (SIP CABO) DESTINO LOS CABOS is proud to be a sponsor at the 2nd Annual Songwriters in Paradise (also known as SIP CABO) that will take place at the beautiful Bahia Hotel, SUR Beach House, & Bar Esquina on October 3-6, 2018! As always, SIP CABO will include some of the most accomplished and talented songwriters in the world. Even though the Bahia Hotel is officially sold out for the long weekend in paradise, you can still come out to Bar Esquina & SUR Beach House to enjoy nightly shows by big name songwriters and recording artists including Kristian Bush, Lauren Jenkins, Mark Bryan, Wyatt Durrette, Patrick Davis, Kylie Rae Harris, Tyler Reeve, Johnny Bulford, Channing Wilson, Django Walker, Heidi Raye, and Levi Lowry.


WORLD CARE 2018 heads to Cabo San Lucas on October 4-7, 2018. This charitable, funfilled weekend event is at the stunning all-inclusive Grand Fiesta Americana Hotel & Resort, located on the beautiful Sea of Cortez. This 4-day event includes activities like yoga and meditation, art classes, chef sessions, a golf tournament at Cabo Del Sol, an art experience, food & wine extravaganza, cocktail reception, beach concert and MORE! The foundation website explains: “Our focus is to support medical or educational needs, give relief during times of a natural disaster and boost general human and animal welfare.“



Trail Runners Zacatitos 5k & 15k Race

Join this 5k or 10k race on October 6 at 7am. The race starts and finishes at Buzzards Bar & Grill in Zacatitos in San José del Cabo. Find more information at: @SomosRunnersMxSanJose on Facebook or register at


Feel Good Fridays brought to you by Destino Los Cabos

Destino Los Cabos brings you the first “Feel Good Fridays” of the season at OMNIA Los Cabos day club! On Friday, October 5, join Destino for a day of high energy dance music, refreshing cocktails and a whole lot of fun! Lounge on one of OMNIA’s plush daybeds, enjoy delicious food from the adjoining Casa Calavera restaurant, or take a dip in their crystal-clear pool…it will be a day you won’t forget! OMNIA Los Cabos invites you to make every Friday a good one and join them each week for great music by local DJ talent and specials for Cabo locals. @OMNIALosCabos



Torneo De PESCA Cabeños

Marking the official start of the fishing tournament season, the 6th Torneo de Pesca Cabeños will be held in Cabo San Lucas on October 7, with registration on October 6. This dorado sports fishing tournament requires a team contribution of $2,500 pesos, with more than $100,000 pesos in prizes! Call Juan Javier Garcia for more information (624) 129-8908.


Los Cabos Billfish Tournament

The Los Cabos Billfish Tournament consists of a $5,000 base entry for each 6-person team, daily jackpots for the largest tuna, wahoo and dorado, and daily billfish release jackpots. Optional marlin only jackpots are also available to teams that paid the base entry. The tournament starts off with kickoff party and final registration at Playa Grande Resort on October 14. Fishing days are from 15-17, with a gala awards banquet dinner on the 18th. - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA

Sammy Hagar’s 71st Birthday Bash at Cabo Wabo Cantina Every year Sammy Hagar returns to Cabo Wabo Cantina to celebrate his birthday with friends, Cabo locals and fans for this always sold out event. Sammy is an American rock vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, and musician who catapulted to fame as a member of Van Halen in the 80s and 90s. Those hoping to score tickets must enter into a random drawing many months in advance for the chance to win access to the highly coveted tickets.




Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore The Bisbee’s Los Cabos Offshore tournament awards cash, prizes, and trophies to the top three teams that accumulate the most billfish release points along with daily cash jackpots. Registration, distribution of team bags and kick-off cocktail party at Puerto Paraiso Mall is held on October 18. Fishing days are on 19-20, with an awards celebration at Maria Corona restaurant on October 21.


Sancho’s 2 Year Anniversary Fiesta

Join Sancho’s bar for their 2 Year Anniversary Fiesta! The event will include door prizes, giveaways, a Cajun shrimp boil, $2 Dos Equis XX Lager, Indio, Sol and Tecate Light, 2x1 homemade sangria, and of course some college football playing on their many TV’s. Sancho’s is located between the K & L docks on the Cabo San Lucas Marina. Open daily from 9am – 11pm. @sanchoscabo


6th Annual Tuna Shoot Out

The 6th Annual Van Wormer Resort Tuna Shoot Out takes place on October 27. The largest tuna caught on tournament day will win approximately $35,000. This is a one-day tournament, and anyone can win! There will be over $100,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs including great raffle prizes, return trips including fishing, and much more. Entry fee is only $500 per team and includes dinner at the awards ceremony.

Los Cabos Tattoo Fest

Los Cabos Tattoo Fest features tattoos by talented local artist along with an art exhibition, gastronomic show, music, and family entertainment. All participating tattoo artists compete with only one objective, to win best tattoo in each category on October 20 and 21, as well as to win the best tattoo of the event. Contests styles include neo-traditional, realism, letters, color, black & white, and traditional. Visit @loscabostattoofest on Facebook for more information!



Diplo at OMNIA

Join OMNIA Los Cabos as Diplo takes over the party on Saturday, October 27. Diplo is an American DJ and record producer based in California. He is the co-creator and lead member of Major Lazer and has collaborated with many popular artists including Skrillex, Beyoncé, Gwen Stefani, Britney Spears, Chris Brown, Shakira, Justin Bieber, Usher, Snoop Dogg, Madonna and more! OMNIA is the hottest new day club in Los Cabos featuring some of the world’s most in demand DJ’s. Doors open at 11am. For tickets, VIP tables and more information visit or

Maratón Baja Sur

Marathon BAJA SUR encourages the growing culture of running in the state of Baja California Sur with the first marathon to be held in the city of La Paz on Sunday, October 28, from 6am-noon. Runners can choose scenic routes of 42.195 KM, 30 KM, 15 KM or 7 KM. The race consists of 100 total runners (50 women and 50 men), who will compete with runners of their same age to win 1st prize!

23-27 Bisbee’s Black and Blue Marlin Tournament Bisbee’s Black & Blue Tournaments have been taking place in the Los Cabos region of the Baja Peninsula in Mexico for over 30 years and is dubbed the richest marlin tournament in the world thanks to its multimillion-dollar payouts! Bisbee's 2nd Annual Pub Crawl Parade begins on October 22, registration is on the 23rd, with fishing days on 24-26. The tournament concludes with an awards ceremony on October 27. - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA

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Baja Ha-Ha

The 25th Baja Ha-Ha is coming on October 28 and November 10! This cruiser rally starts from San Diego, California and ends in Cabo San Lucas, with stops at Turtle Bay and Bahia Santa Maria. The event is open to all boats over 27 feet that were designed, built and have been maintained for open ocean sailing. When you sign up for the Ha-Ha, you get the opportunity to have the adventure of a lifetime.

EVENTS EVERY DAY: Omnia Dayclub Los Cabos Doors Open at 11:00 am. MONDAY - FRIDAY: Oyster Hour at Herringbone Los Cabos Take in the seaside views and ocean breeze each weekday from 5:00 -7:00 pm as you dip into $2 oysters and clams paired with small bite and cocktail specials.


MONDAYS: Stargazing /Astronomy programs Reservation in advance is required. (624)129-8701


Halloween is celebrated by children and adults all over Cabo on October 31, but you might also find some costume parties on the weekend leading up to Halloween on Saturday, October 27. On Halloween night, Mexican children run from business to business in downtown Cabo excitedly searching for candy. Even though Halloween tends to get overshadowed by Day of the Dead celebrations, most locals still like dressing up and enjoying the spooky themed events and specials at almost every bar, restaurant and night club around town!

TUESDAYS: Mariachi Night At Plaza del Pescador 6:00 pm -9:00 pm Taco Tuesdays at Casa Calavera - Vidanta Los Cabos All you can eat tacos $450 pesos. Starts at 5:00 pm. Buy one get one margaritas and beers. Live music 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. WEDNESDAYS: Tequila Tastings at Casa Calavera - Vidanta Los Cabos Each Wednesday from 12:00 pm-9:00 pm, watch the sun set over the Sea of Cortez and enjoy a variety of hand-picked tequilas. The Wirikuta Show (624) 131-3131



Día De Los Muertos

Day of the Dead (or in Spanish Día de los Muertos), is a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico. Unlike other popular celebrations, this multi-day holiday focuses on family and friends gathering to remember and pray for friends and family who have passed away. This meeting is to help support their spiritual journey. Families will go to cemeteries to be with the souls of the departed and build private altars with photos, memorabilia and favorite food and beverages of their lost loved ones.

1-4 Lux Life Jazz

Life Luxe Jazz will take place on November 1-4 at the Pacifica Golf & Spa Resort in Los Cabos. Featured artists include Boney James, the four-time Grammy nominated saxophonist who’s sold over 3 million albums; Gregory Porter, whose outstanding vocals have made him a two-time Grammy winner; Lin Rountree, the soul-trumpeter with a dozen Top 20 Billboard singles to his name; and many others whose smooth stylings are sure to make these November nights sizzle. Other events during the festival include a sunset jazz cruise with live entertainment, a welcome reception and dance party, and a golf tournament held at the Quivira Golf Club. “Lux Life Jazz is a premiere luxury cultural experience with jazz as the focal point, bringing people together with common interests in music, culture, and exceptional cuisine with the goal of building bridges across borders.”


2 Tours DesAmor with Reik

Enjoy music under the stars with Latin Grammy Award winning Latin Pop Rock band Reik! With over 15 million followers, this uber popular band from Mexicali is sure to rock Cabo with their cool mix of pop rock songs and romantic ballads. The event will be held at Cabo Del Mar on Friday, November 2 at 7pm and will include a live DJ, food and drinks. Visit @Reik on Facebook for more information or for tickets!

MAC Day of the Dead at Don Sanchez 2 Liga Restaurant Liga MAC presents a live show and dinner party at Don Sanchez Restaurant in downtown San José del Cabo on November 2. All proceeds are donated to Liga MAC. The mission of Liga MAC is to offer “a helping hand” to the low-income families of San José del Cabo to ensure that they are well-nourished and have access to medical care, and to provide children and adults with the opportunity to continue their education.

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November is the month to remember! Come party at Koral Center like they did in one of the best decades of the past century. For more info visit Facebook: @KoralCenter - EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SOUTHERN BAJA

THURSDAYS: Live Music at Herringbone Los Cabos 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Enjoy the groovy tunes from Totoy Band while taking in the views of the ocean. Stargazing /Astronomy programs Reservation in advance is required. (624)129-8701 FRIDAYS: Farmer’s Market at the Shoppes at Palmilla 9:00 am -1:00 pm Feel Good Fridays at Omnia Dayclub Doors open at 11:00 am. SATURDAYS: La Kermés at Wirikuta 1:00 pm-8:00 pm (624) 131-3131 The Los Cabos Organic Market at Pedregal 7:30 am -12:00 pm Bird walks at San Jose Estuary Reservation in advance is required. (624)151-1565 SUNDAYS: Ciclovia Recreativa Cabo From 7:00 -11:00 am a section of the main street in Cabo San Lucas closes for bikers and skaters. Great for kids! Endless Sunday Brunch at Herringbone Los Cabos 10:00 am -3:00 pm. An all-you-can-eat brunch with live action stations, signature brunch dishes and live music for $750 MXN (tax and service charge included). Enhance your brunch experience with rosé or mimosas for $200 MXN.



A & Z DUETTO is a duo formed in Cabo San Lucas and composed of Arturo Ramirez, violin, piano and arrangements accompanied by Zurisadai Franco, viola and transcription. They recently released a new CD entitled F.O.U.R. in which they play a mixture of movie themes, pop music and Mexican repertoire. They have a very fresh and innovative touch on these favorite melodies. Their CD is available for purchase on www. as well as Spotify, Google, Drezzer, Apple, iTunes and YouTube. And you can contact them at zurisadai. CaboStrings is another string duo formed by the violinist Elena Rollan and the cellist Roberto Miranda. This Spanish group describes themselves as a “live, vibrant and energetic duo breaking with traditional stereotypes and offering to explore the purest and most elegant sound.” As they complement one another, they say they most enjoy playing together. More information can be found about them on Facebook under CaboStrings and on their website, www.cabostrings. com. Their contact information is A well-known name in Los Cabos, pianist Diego Ramirez just presented his recent compositions in the 2018 release "Sketches of Mexico". The album can be described as musical paintings of Mexico. Diego was honored to have such experienced and talented musicians as Fernando Caballero, drummer, and Juan Ramos, upright bass, accompany him. Diego studied classical music at Mexico City’s prestigious National Conservatory of Music for 10 years before branching out into jazz. Now he brings many elements of his career together, Mexican themes, Latin rhythms, jazz improvisation and his classical background, in this original tribute to Mexico. For example "3 Eras of Mexico" is a serious, historical composition written in three movements in a classical tradition. Whereas "Jojo" is jazz. "El Negro Sambuca" is great fun. And "El Nido" and "Hurricane Odile" are both very visual. Diego is also proud to dedicate a song to his daughter in the piece, “El Papalote de Quetzalli" (Quetzalli's kite). The CD is now available at and the vinyl will be available in October. His website is And you can contact Diego Ramirez directly at

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by Justine Schock, your guide to the Los Cabos Social Scene

October marks the beginning of our busy season in Los Cabos and is FULL of fantastic events for everyone. In addition to our action-packed event calendar this month, here are a few other local activities I highly recommend whether you are living in or visiting Cabo San Lucas!


few high-quality, handmade souvenirs on your trip, head over to one of Eclectic Array’s 4 convenient locations. Eclectic Array works directly with talented artisans to create modern fashion and unique gift items. Eclectic Array’s mission is embracing artisans to create unique handmade products, connecting artisans with consumers, and transforming lives across Mexico. Their stores carry a great selection of pet leashes and collars, bags and wallets, beach blankets, dresses and rompers, tops, shoes, hats, jewelry, home décor items and more! On Friday, August 31, Eclectic Array proudly opened their forth and largest store at Montage with live music, an artisan demonstration, hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. Other locations include downtown Cabo San Lucas in Plaza de la Danza, Plaza del Pescador in San José del Cabo, and Flora Farms. Shop online at: @EclecticArrayCabo

ROYALE CASINO NIGHT AT ULTRAJEWELS – Another fun activity to do while on vacation in Los Cabos is shop at one of our many high-end jewelry shops around town. Dedicated to offering the best Swiss watchmaking and jewelry brands in Latin America, Ultrajewels on the Cabo San Lucas marina carries a wide variety of rings, earrings, necklaces, watches and more. On Thursday, August 30, Ultrajewels held a Royale Casino night complete with live DJ, complimentary appetizers and cocktails, Vegas style showgirls with over-the-top feather headdresses, and several gaming tables for guests to try their luck gambling with special “Ultra Dollars”. The night was a nice air-conditioned break from our sweltering Cabo summer nights. @UltrajewelsMarina

Photo courtesy Tu Enamorado

TU ENAMORADO BY WILD CABO TOURS – Tu Enamorado is the newest boat in the Wild Cabo Tours fleet which also includes the Cabo Escape, Cabo Wave, Cabo Legend, and Buccaneer Queen Pirate Ship. Tu Enamorado is a luxury sailboat available to rent as a private upscale charter for snorkeling or sunset tours. Destino Los Cabos set sail on a private sunset tour in September to experience everything this new extravagant yacht had to offer. The tour started off with an appetizer plate of cold meats, homemade cheese, olives, fruits and nuts. After a few cocktails and wine, quintessential photos at the famous Cabo arch, and a stroll around the upper deck, dinner was served. Our main course included jumbo shrimp, a delicious beef filet with red wine sauce, accompanied by mixed roasted vegetables and mashed potatoes. The tour concluded after we watched the sunset over Cabo along with great company and relaxing music. Visit our friends at Wild Cabo Tours for more information and reservations. @TuEnamoradoYacht


Photos courtesy Locomotion


LOCOMOTION TOUR OF TODOS SANTOS – Locomotion Baja is a new company created to

show the culture, tradition, history, and people of Mexico in a fun and original way, using an electric bicycle driven by up to 14 people. This fiesta bike tour of Todos Santos includes transportation to and from Los Cabos in an air-conditioned van, a bilingual guide, and Mexican snacks, cocktails and more! Guests get to pedal the bike to each stop along the way while learning all about important landmarks in Todos Santos. Stops along our private tour in September included a lesson in traditional Mexican blanket weaving at Corazon Zapoteco, learning to make authentic fresh tortillas, guacamole, and pico de gallo at La Generala Mexican Restaurant, a cocktail class where we got to shake up tasty mojitos at Guaycura Boutique Hotel, a visit to the historical Todos Santos church (Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Pilar), wine tasting at La Bodega de Todos Santos, and a break for ice cream at the end of our tour at La Paloma. Locomotion Baja is the best way to experience Baja the “LOCO” way! @LocomotionBaja

DOWNSTAIRS AT HOTEL EL GANZO – Located just 10 minutes north of

downtown San José del Cabo, Hotel El Ganzo “exudes a cool vibe, from the tip of its rooftop sushi bar to the edge of the dramatic infinity pool, and right down into the underground recording studio, where resident artists and visiting performers work their magic.” Downstairs restaurant is the culinary heart of the hotel featuring classic recipes with organic ingredients created by newly appointed Executive Chef Carlos Peregrina Serralde. Downstairs invited Destino Los Cabos to try their new menu which included items like beef carpaccio, tuna sashimi, duck with a chocolate chipotle and curry salsa and much more. The staff at Downstairs went out of their way to ensure our experience was top-notch and service was excellent. In addition to the hotel and restaurant, El Ganzo hosts a series of curated arts and music programs including their “Sunset Sessions” live music performances every Friday night. They will also host the band “Little Jesus” from Mexico City on October 13 at the El Ganzo Rooftop. TIP: For Mezcal lovers, try the “Piña Agave", a cocktail with Mezcal, roasted and caramelized pineapple, ancho chile liqueur, agave syrup and jalapeño pepper bitter. YUM! @HotelElGanzo

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